5 Cheap Ways to Help your Kids Defeat the Summer Slide

5 Cheap Ways to Help your Kids Defeat the Summer Slide

5 ways to defeat the summer slide


Days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. Summer is nearly here, and our kiddos are probably anticipating the joy and adventure that summer brings. But as many of us in the Parenthood club know, summer isn't just all kicks, giggles and mudpies.

With summer rapidly approaching, educators are beginning to remind parents of the dreaded summer slide--the drop-off in academic skills during the summer months that most school-aged children experience. Research shows that many students lose anywhere between two to three months of math skills during the summer months. Once school resumes in the fall, it typically takes teachers more than a month to get students back on track. If that's not enough to scare you consider this: over a 12 year period, kids can lose more than a year and a half of academic skills due to the Summer Slide.

Which is why I'm sharing a few easy ways to help keep your kiddos learning on track during the summer months. The best thing about these tips, us they won't cost you a second mortgage to keep your kids entertained this summer ( I'm looking at you STEM Camps).


Encourage your kids to read 20 minutes a day



It seems simple enough, but staying on top of their reading can be a struggle. Take advantage of apps and websites that turn learning into a game. If you need some app ideas, check out this post I did a few years ago about educational apps and websites for the summer. Also, be sure to check out this list of 50 Fun Summertime Books for Babies and Toddlers.



Visit your local library for reading time



This is an easy one. Head to your local library at least once a week for reading time. Bonus: it will help make sure your kids are socializing and meeting new friends throughout the summer. In fact, you might even pick up a new friend or two.



Incorporate some fun games into your learning



Last year I put together a few fun STEM games for my kiddo to keep her brain going. One of her favorites was Number Water Darts. The game involves arming you kids with a water gun, creating targets with various numbers written on them, and then calling out numbers for your kiddos to shoot. The awesome thing about this game is that it's a great way to keep cool and it's so fun your kids will actually WANT to play it. For older kids, you can adjust it to include math basic addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problems, or you can create sight word targets too. Mix it up and have fun with it.



Buy your children toys that encourage learning


Hands down on of the coolest presents my daughter got for Christmas was the Gojii robot. In fact, it's so cool even I have fun playing with it, because who doesn't love robots?



Summer Camp in a Box


As I mentioned earlier, educational summer camps can sometimes come with a mortgage-sized price tag. If summer camp isn't in your budget this year, let your kiddos pick out a few awesome subscription boxes to try this summer. They'll be excited every time a new box shows up for them to work on.

Here are a few ideas to help get you started:




The Tinker Crate (AGES 9-14)


Price: $16.95- $19.95

What You Get
A monthly delivery of materials and inspiration for awesome science and engineering activities.

What They Say
"Discover and learn about science, engineering, and technology through seriously fun hands-on activities. Each box is filled with Creative, innovative STEM projects with detailed step-by-step instructions.

"We believe that STEM is a key to create problem solving , a foundation for critical thinkers and a pipeline to innovation. Our mission in creating Tinker Crates is to help kids gain these crucial skills through hands on activities that are also seriously fun!"




Kiwi Crate (ages 5-8)


Price: $19.95

What You Get
A monthly delivery of materials for 2-3 hands on art, science or engineering projects.

What They Say
"Give the gift of monthly fun and discovery! Every month you'll receive everything you need for 2-3 projects, such as hands-on art, science, and engineering project and stories and playful experiments, Every month a new theme, with all the materials and inspiration for kids to build, make, and develop their creative confidence."




Spangler Science Club


Price: $24.99- $29.99

What You Get
A monthly delivery of science tools and resources needed to conduct multiple hands-on science experiments and design  challenges related to the monthly theme.

What They Say
"Ignite the spark of science and creativity in your child with a subscription to the Spangler Science Club. Join today and you’ll receive Steve Spangler’s most amazing hands-on science experiments delivered to your door each month. Each box includes the science tools and resources needed to conduct multiple hands-on science experiments and design challenges related to the monthly theme.
Explore a new theme each month – kitchen chemistry, the power of air, science magic, bubbling potions – every month. Spangler Science Club is the perfect science spark for children in grades K-6"

 


Have a few tips of your own to defeat the summer slide? Share in the comment section below. For all of my parents heading into another summer, "Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor."

Until next time,

16 comments :

  1. I'm so glad my parents strongly encouraged me to read when I was a child and I still love reading today! All of these subscription boxes look wonderful and would make great gifts for the kids in my life while helping them beat the summer slide.

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  2. One more reason to have year around school so there is no slide or catching up. Like the fun idea of the water and number game. Kids would enjoy playing that.

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  3. This all sounds like a blast! I love going to the library with my kids--we also play outdoors. This science club box sounds fun. I might have to get that one for my kids.

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  4. Oh my goodness you have some great ideas here. I have been trying to figure out ways to incorporating learning into summer of events so that when he gets back to school it will be a little easier for him I'm definitely going to try a bunch of these.

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  5. These are great ideas! Growing up, we spent a lot of time at the library during the summers. And now they also have a lot of kids programs you can utilize there!

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  6. I used to be a teacher, and I know that summer slide is way too real. Library story time is a great way to keep up with literacy, as is summer reading programs.

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  7. Summer was always a challenge for us when our girls were young. I can remember working hard to keep them reading. Trips to the library really helped.

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  8. Yes, I love all these ideas! I believe that keeping them learning in a fun way during the summer is a great way to keep their brain on the right track.

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  9. This is a real problem. I’ve seen this problem in my nephew. These are great tips.

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  10. As a former teacher, I can say that these are all fantastic tips. I encourage my girls to read read read all summer long.

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  11. I have no idea you could lose so much knowledge over this summer, adding in educational fun seems like a great way to try and keep brains working.

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  12. These are all awesome ideas, I know when I was a kid summer was fun for the first two weeks then we forgot everything. It's important to make sure kids are both entertained but also educated

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  13. This is so important! Something i can definetely get behind with my daughter when shes school age.

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  14. We work really hard to prevent the summer slide in our house! We do workbooks and daily journals every day to help!

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  15. These are all fun activities to do which also allows continuous learning during the summer. I love those science kits! When I was a kid, I was so excited to receive my new schoolbooks for the following school year. I must have been a nerd or something because I made sure I did "advance reading" before school started.

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  16. Wow these are a great tips for children! Kids will surely enjoy all of this. It will be fun.

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